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2 Nov 2017
Finance low on agenda of Belarus-IMF cooperation Finance low on agenda of Belarus-IMF cooperation
Pavel Kallaur remarked that Belarus does not raise the matter of emergency loans these days. "We don’t need them at present"...
2 Nov 2017
PM: Belarus seeks to promote trade with Kyrgyzstan PM: Belarus seeks to promote trade with Kyrgyzstan
"Our task is to move forward and never stop at what we have achieved. The potential of our bilateral cooperation is great. For the time being we are just approaching the level of trade we once had"...
2 Nov 2017
Call for efforts to perpetuate Belarusian economy growth trend Call for efforts to perpetuate Belarusian economy growth trend
"This year the IMF and the World Bank have twice revised the world GDP growth rate upwards for the first time in many years. Not by much but upwards. In other words, we see certain optimism with regard to global growth"...
2 Nov 2017
Information protection policy in Belarus hailed as effective Information protection policy in Belarus hailed as effective
“Innovative goods worth $150,000 were produced in 2016,” Alexander Shumilin remarked. He specified that this refers to structures, protection systems, and software and predicted that the demand for such products on the market will keep growing...
2 Nov 2017
Private sector’s opinion important in negotiations on Belarus’ accession to WTO Private sector’s opinion important in negotiations on Belarus’ accession to WTO
"Belarus’ accession to the WTO is an important event for all the economic players. It will give us access to new markets and will increase trade figures"...
2 Nov 2017
Private sector mentioned as possible driver of economic growth in Belarus Private sector mentioned as possible driver of economic growth in Belarus
Satu Kahkonen mentioned that Belarus has a huge potential. "Belarus is home to very educated people. Infrastructure and engineering capabilities are well-developed. The geographical location is marvelous"...
2 Nov 2017
Belarus interested in further interaction with Council of Europe Belarus interested in further interaction with Council of Europe
"Our country is a party to 14 conventions and agreements of the Council of Europe in culture, education, law, fight against human trafficking, sport. But we have not stopped at that"...
2 Nov 2017
EU pledges further support to Belarus in negotiations with IMF EU pledges further support to Belarus in negotiations with IMF
"We firmly believe that an agreement with the IMF will improve the economic situation in Belarus to a great extent and will become a positive signal to the whole world"...
2 Nov 2017
Belarus’ accession to WTO ‘may take two years’ Belarus’ accession to WTO ‘may take two years’
"Belarus’ accession to the WTO is going very well taking into account the increased attention of President Alexander Lukashenko. All government agencies, including the interagency commission and ministries, work hard"...
2 Nov 2017
Belarusian Helsinki-2 initiative to contribute to fight against modern threats Belarusian Helsinki-2 initiative to contribute to fight against modern threats
Irina Velichko stressed that Minsk was ready to host such a dialogue. She expressed her conviction that the implementation of the Belarusian initiative would help move forward in addressing many of contemporary challenges and threats...
2 Nov 2017
Final documents on business liberalization in Belarus to be signed soon Final documents on business liberalization in Belarus to be signed soon
"Eight of the ten documents have been signed. The document on digitizing the economy, on the Hi-Tech Park will be signed soon. It is virtually ready"...
1 Nov 2017
China views cooperation with Belarus as model to follow China views cooperation with Belarus as model to follow
"The prospects of the Belarusian-Chinese cooperation, which was raised by the leaders of Belarus and China to a new higher level last year, are wide"...
1 Nov 2017
Regional cooperation seen as important for Union State integration Regional cooperation seen as important for Union State integration
According to Aleksei Kubrin, cooperation between the regions of Belarus and Russia has been steadily developing. The Union State hosts a lot of forums and implements joint programs in different areas...
1 Nov 2017
Minsk Oblast interested in cooperation with Russian regions in all spheres Minsk Oblast interested in cooperation with Russian regions in all spheres
"Russia is an important trade and economic partner of Minsk Oblast. The Russian Federation accounts for some 45% of the export. Merchandise export in January-August was close to $1.3 billion"...
1 Nov 2017
EU welcomes Belarus’ engagement in European integration forums EU welcomes Belarus’ engagement in European integration forums
Belarus has been more engaged in the events held under the aegis of the Eastern Partnership (EaP), Andrei Wiktorin said...
1 Nov 2017
Opinion: ‘Integration of integrations’ suggests long-term cooperation between EAEU, EU Opinion: ‘Integration of integrations’ suggests long-term cooperation between EAEU, EU
"Many experts are unanimous in the opinion that the potential interaction between the two integration associations will provide great opportunities for the accelerated economic development of their member states"...
1 Nov 2017
Choreographer Radu Poklitaru praises program of IFMC 2017 in Vitebsk Choreographer Radu Poklitaru praises program of IFMC 2017 in Vitebsk
"When I look at all the authors and dancers throughout the festival's history, I realize that the whole art of modern dance in the post-Soviet countries derives from this festival, either directly or indirectly"...
1 Nov 2017
Construction of second runway at Minsk National Airport on schedule Construction of second runway at Minsk National Airport on schedule
The construction of the second runway is one of the major investment projects in civil aviation along with the construction of a new aircraft repair plant and an air traffic control center in the Sokol neighborhood near Minsk...
1 Nov 2017
More U.S. visitors to Belarus after launch of visa-free program More U.S. visitors to Belarus after launch of visa-free program
The diplomat also commented on the possible introduction of a visa-free regime by the United States for Belarus nationals...
1 Nov 2017
Hope for Belarus’ stronger stance in international trade after WTO accession Hope for Belarus’ stronger stance in international trade after WTO accession
Lately, there has been a growing interest in negotiations on Belarus’ accession to the WTO from international organizations: the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development...
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